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Special Project | A Martin Luther King Holiday Reader

  • Part 1: Rebranding MLK: How the Establishment Blackened His Dream and Whitewashed His Legacy
  • King died standing against wars and economic inequalities; notice how these themes are rarely mentioned by politicians, pundits and media personalities who cry crocodile tears for him.
  • Part 2: Duty to Warn: April 4th, 1984 and April 4th, 1968
  • Fascism is Alive and Well Despite Orwell’s and MLK’s Warnings
  • Part 3: A Country Without a Heart: thoughts on MLK, Dodge Rams, and the state of the country
  • The true measure of success is positive action.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Rebranding MLK: How the Establishment Blackened His Dream and Whitewashed His Legacy

King died standing against wars and economic inequalities; notice how these themes are rarely mentioned by politicians, pundits and media personalities who cry crocodile tears for him.

Teodrose Fikre , Ghion Journal

https://i1.wp.com/ghionjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/MLKBlackBackground800.jpg?w=800&ssl=1January 19, 2019 First, the ruling class kill messengers and then co-opt their messages. It’s a ploy that dates back to biblical times; Pharisees dispatch prophets and then whitewash their legacies in a concerted campaign to appropriate their movements. Truth tellers are twice victimized, once by assassins and the second time around by propaganda. Their likeness and their teachings are then cunningly marketed by the same powers they spoke against to reinforce the status quo.

This same playbook—which has been used to silence dissenters throughout the ages—was unleashed with ruthless efficiency against Martin Luther King Jr. Lost in the chorus of politicians, pundits and media personalities who are praising MLK is the core message that he was pushing before he was felled on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. King evolved in his thinking; instead of seeking Civil Rights for “African-Americans”, he made the fatal decision to fight for economic justice for all.

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Part 2: Duty to Warn: April 4th, 1984 and April 4th, 1968

Fascism is Alive and Well Despite Orwell’s and MLK’s Warnings

Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/George%20Orwell%20on%20War.jpg4/4/17 | The famous date “April 4th, 1984” appeared in one of the early pages of George Orwell’s  most important novel (although “Animal Farm” was in the same league as the novel “1984”). The novel was a warning to readers about the continued threats to the world of a future totalitarian, corporatized, militarized police state - despite the defeat of Nazism in 1945. The novel was set in Oceania, once a thriving democracy which had been economically, structurally and morally torn apart by an atomic war that had become a perpetual war. The date April 4, 1984 was the first entry in the diary of Orwell’s main character, Winston Smith.
 
The previously free nation that he wrote about represented Great Britain forty years after the war had devastated the world, leaving it in a state with perpetual police state rule whose cruel and privileged elite (representing less than 1% of the population)  ruled with an iron fist.

Gary Kohls is a retired physician. His weekly columns, Duty to Warn, deal with the dangers of American fascism, corporatism, militarism, racism, and other movements that threaten the environment, prosperity, democracy, civility and the health of the populace.

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Part 3: A Country Without a Heart: thoughts on MLK, Dodge Rams, and the state of the country

https://smhttp-ssl-62992.nexcesscdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Colin-Kaepernick-Taking-a-Knee-1024-850x613.jpgFormer San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, center, with outside linebacker Eli Harold, left, and safety Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before a 2016 NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys. Kaepernick, who started the “Take a Knee” protest, was not signed by any NFL team for the 2017 season but won Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award and promised that “with or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people.” (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP)   

America and Americans need to stop playing. Winning has nothing to do with money, cars or material things. The true measure of success is positive action. Anyone who cares can start by selling peace for free.

Eric OrtizTruthdig  / Rise Up Times

February 6,2018 | In 1972, Kurt Vonnegut covered the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach for Harper’s Magazine and wrote an essay about the experience, “In a Manner That Must Shame God Himself.”

According to Charles Shields, who wrote “And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life,” the title of the essay came from a flyer Vonnegut noticed that a group of Native Americans from various tribesweredistributing at the convention. Part of the flyer read: “We come today in such a manner that must shame God himself. For a country that allows a complete body of people to exist in conditions which are at variance with the ideals of this country, conditions which daily commit injustices and inhumanity, must surely be filled with hate, greed, and unconcern.”

Eric Ortiz, Truthdig Contributor, is a journalist and innovator with two decades in digital media.

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Bordering on Fascism: Scholars Reflect on Dangerous Times

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 / Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair

As Hedges reminded us last year: “Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy. The problem is not Trump. It is a political system. If we do not stand up, we will enter a new dark age.”
Related: From the Archives | Corporate Media Counting Cadence to Fascism

Paul Street, Counterpunch

 

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January 11, 2019 | My fellow U.S.-Americans, we stand at a moment of no small peril.

Contrary to much of what one hears from liberals, Donald Trump’s “insane” border-wall gambit may be something of a winning play for him.

Yes, the whole stunt is built on a fetid pile of falsehoods. The level of bullshit emanating from Trump’s mouth and Twitter feed on this matter is remarkable even by his standards.

Paul Street is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, IA.

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From the Archives | Corporate Media Counting Cadence to Fascism, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Mar 22, 2017 | In an illustrated clip for Al-Jazeera English, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman explains renowned linguist Noam Chomsky’s theory on the five filters of the mass media machine that manufacture Americans’ consent.


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Pelosi Accused of Shutting Down Progressives and Their Agenda

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  • Part 1: 'So Frustrating': Pelosi Accused of Shutting Bold Progressives Out of Powerful Committees
  • The House Speaker's list of assignments does not include anyoftheprogressivelawmakers advocacy groups recommended for key committee slots.
  • Part 2: Pelosi would sabotage progressive agenda with pay-go rules.
  • Pay-go … is really bad politics in a world where the other party has no respect for any rules whatsoever.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: 'So Frustrating': Pelosi Accused of Shutting Bold Progressives Out of Powerful Committees

 

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The House Speaker's list of assignments does not include any of the progressive lawmakers advocacy groups recommended for key committee slots.

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

Thursday, January 10, 2019 | "At first glance, progressives got mostly rolled."

That was how journalist David Dayen reacted on Wednesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) announcement of appointees to three of the most powerful congressional committees, which progressives have targeted as essential for advancing ambitious policy priorities like Medicare for All and a Green New Deal.



"No one here I think would be described as a progressive firebrand." 
—Mike DeBonis, Washington Post




Critics immediately pointed out that the bold progressives advocacy groups have been pressuring Pelosi to pick for seats on the Ways and Means and Appropriations committees—such as Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ro Khanna (Calif.), and Pramila Jayapal (Wash.)—were entirely absent from the House Speaker's list of assignments.
Jake Johnson <>, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 2: Pelosi would sabotage progressive agenda with pay-go rules

The issue here is whether they need special rules that needlessly narrow the scope of what can be considered. This is what pay-go does, and it is really bad politics in a world where the other party has no respect for any rules whatsoever.

Dean Baker, the Hill

12/11/18 | As Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan are using lame-duck sessions to overturn the outcome of last month’s elections, throwing aside long-standing procedures and basic democratic principles, House Democrats seem determined to throw up roadblocks to limit what they can do with their new majority.

Specifically, likely Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is proposing the House adopt pay-as-you-go (paygo) rules that require all new spending be offset with either budget cuts or tax increases.

Dean Baker, opinion contributor, the Hill, is an American macroeconomist and co-founder, with Mark Weisbrot, of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, January 12, 2019.

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https://s3.amazonaws.com/campusreform/11713/Screenshot_(410).jpgHarvard law prof: Trump is a 'national emergency'. Jon Street, Campus Reform

  • Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig says President Donald Trump is a "national emergency."
  • Lessig made the comment on MSNBC on Sunday, just after Trump entertained the idea of declaring a national emergency to secure border wall funds.
  • Related: Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate.

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The Return of the Strike, Steven Greenhouse, the American Prospect / Portside <https://portside.org>

This year, thousands of teachers, hotel workers, Google employees, and others walked off the job and won major gains. Which raises two questions: Why now? And will this continue?

Of Special Interest | The Trump Tax Cut: Even Worse Than You’ve Heard, Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times

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Skeptical reporting has still been too favorable.
 

Bloggers & Columnists | George Monbiot



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  • Part 1: These Are The Best Resolutions You Can Make, According To Therapists
  • If you've been slow to choose or implement a New Year's resolution this year, this will help you get on track.
  • Part 2: Six secrets of people who keep their New Year's resolutions.
  • “People who are successful realize that resolutions are not a one-time change.”

Critical Thinking

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  • Take a look at some of the biggest lies from the president’s speech below.
  • Nick Visser, Carla Herreria, and Saba Hamedy, Huffington Post
  • Again, Mexico is not paying for the wall.

Government & Politics

Neoliberalism And The Rationalization Of Corporate Tyranny, ‪Rainer Shea‬, Medium
 

  • https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1600/1*vCpvw26daVD5cgM6ZyAK-w@2x.jpegThe lesson is that if we want to make things better, we need to spread compassion and generosity throughout our daily lives. Even more important is the creation of a mass movement that seeks to overthrow corporate capitalism, and then create a society which protects the planet while ensuring that every person has a safe and comfortable life.
  • Related: Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems
     

 

 

Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate. Lawrence Lessig, the Guardian

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No reading of our constitution would ever uphold the view that a president can stop the functioning of government, to insist upon a program unsupported by the public.
 

Health, Science, & Environment

Psycological Analysis of Trump's Support, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: The Dunning-Kruger Effect May Help Explain Trump's Support
  • A new study suggests some people grossly overestimate their political knowledge.
  • Part 2: A Complete Psychological Analysis of Trump's Support
  • Science can help us make sense of the president's political invincibility.

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The astonishing effects of the shutdown, in 8 charts

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The longest shutdown, by the numbers.

Javier Zarracina <https://www.vox.com/authors/javier-zarracina>and Li Zhou <https://www.vox.com/authors/li-zhou>, Vox <https://www.vox.com>

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Jan 12, 2019 | It’s now Day 24 of the partial government shutdown, and it’s officially the longest one ever.

While President Donald Trump and Democrats continue to duke it out over the politics of a border wall, the impact of the stalemate has already become very, very real for hundreds of thousands of federal workers, many of whom missed their first paycheck on Friday.

The National Parks Service, the Transportation Security Administration, and the IRS are just a few of the government agencies that have been affected by the impasse, which is expected to cause serious economic fallout as well.

Here are eight charts that illustrate what exactly the costs of the shutdown are.

Javier Zarracina creates infographics,mapsand charts for Vox.com. Before he worked at Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and El Correo (Bilbao),

and Li Zhou: Politics and Policy Reporter, Vox

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From the Archives | How America’s rejection of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany haunts our refugee policy today.

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On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, it’s important to remember why America welcomes refugees.

Dara Linddara, Vox
 

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Jan27,2017 | Desperate people, fleeing a terrifying, bloodthirsty regime, try to find refuge in the US. But the American government and the public don't want to accept them. They worry https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/ae9d47833d6fb8dca3a9b8c101a4f9855147d7f8/792_108_2208_1325/master/2208.jpg?w=620&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=03f0d3fdd181abeefa8fbcdba47b39d0that accepting refugees would put citizens at risk, and they don't see the refugee crisis as their problem to fix. So they are turned away.

This is what President Donald Trump is about to sign America up for, if widespread reports are correct that he’s on the verge of signing an executive order that would ban all refugees from settling in the US for 4 months and ban Syrian refugees indefinitely.

We’ve been here before.

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Fact-Checking Trump’s Misleading And Outright False Claims From His Border Address

 

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  • Take a look at some of the biggest lies from the president’s speech below.
  • Again, Mexico is not paying for the wall.

Nick Visser, Carla Herreria, and Saba Hamedy, Huffington Post

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01/09/2019 | President Donald Trump addressed the nation live from the Oval Office on Tuesday night in an attempt to drum up support for his border wall. But the 10-minute address, carried on every major television network in America, was rife with double-speak, cherry-picked statistics, and outright falsehoods. (Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: Read 'lies'.)

Take a look at some of the biggest lies from the president’s speech below.

Nick Visser: Senior Reporter; Carla Herreria: Hawaii-based reporter; and Saba Hamedy: news editor; Huffington Post

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Harvard law prof: Trump is a 'national emergency'. Jon Street, Campus Reform

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  • Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig says President Donald Trump is a "national emergency."
  • Lessig made the comment on MSNBC on Sunday, just after Trump entertained the idea of declaring a national emergency to secure border wall funds.
  • Related: Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate.

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